Not always happy with life in Canada but always Jolly

Not always happy with life in Canada but always Jolly

Denham Jolly’s autobiography wins Toronto Book Award By Stephen Weir The standing ovation began before City of Toronto librarian Vickery Bowles could finish announcing Denham Jolly’s name. On Thursday night in the Toronto Reference Library’s Bram and Bluma Appel Salon, Jamaican Canadian businessman, radio pioneer, and now author, received the 2017 Toronto Book Award for […]

Questionnaire targeting Muslims ‘unacceptable’ -Refugee minister

Questionnaire targeting Muslims ‘unacceptable’     -Refugee minister

VANCOUVER – Canada’s immigration minister is condemning an RCMP questionnaire that targets Muslim asylum seekers crossing the border from the United States into Quebec. Speaking in Vancouver on Friday, Ahmed Hussen described the Mounties’ interview guide as unacceptable, saying it is incompatible with the government’s anti-discrimination policy. Among other things, the document directed applicants to […]

First Nations of Canada represented at First Peoples’ Day in Trinidad and Tobago

First Nations of Canada  represented at First Peoples’ Day in  Trinidad and Tobago

Chief Kevin Hart, Manitoba Regional Chief for the Assembly of First Nations of Canada, and Algonquin Hoop Dancer Mariah Smith Chabot were special guests representing Canada at the historic celebration of First Peoples’ Day in Trinidad and Tobago on Friday. It was the first time First Peoples’ Day was officially recognized as a public holiday […]

Quebec passes law obliging citizens to uncover their faces

Quebec passes law obliging citizens  to uncover their faces

QUEBEC — The Quebec national assembly has passed a controversial religious neutrality bill that obliges citizens to uncover their faces while giving and receiving state services. Members of the national assembly voted 66-51 in favour of Bill 62  yesterday. Tabled by Justice Minister Stephanie Vallee in 2015, it is the governing Liberals’ response to the […]

Money woes at the Trinidad-Tobago consulate in Toronto

Money woes at the Trinidad-Tobago consulate in Toronto

Short staffing in the Trinidad and Tobago  consulate in Toronto  is reported to be affecting the  level of service at the offices. Several long-serving employees of the consulate have recently been sent home and no one has been hired  to replace them. And nationals have been complaining about “longer wait time” to obtain fairly routine […]

Cornwallians 40th anniversary gala

Cornwallians  40th anniversary gala

Hundreds of  past students of Cornwall College in Jamaica – or Cornwallians, as they are called  – came from far and wide  to attend the 40th anniversary gala of the Cornwall College Alumni Association  (CCAA) of  Toronto  two Saturdays ago. The  gala held under the patronage of  Mary Anne Chambers, a former Ontario government minister […]

Jamaican MP calls on fellow nationals to help create a ‘first world Jamaica’

Jamaican MP calls on fellow nationals to help create a ‘first world Jamaica’

By Lincoln DePradine Jamaican parliamentarian Juliet Holness is looking to overseas-based fellow nationals to help in creating a “first world Jamaica’’. “Ladies and gentlemen, it is possible,’’ Holness, MP for St Andrew East Rural, said last Saturday while delivering the keynote address at a ” grand charity  gala” in Toronto. “Join us in building a […]

Jamaican farm worker wins compensation case

Jamaican farm worker wins compensation case

A Jamaican farm worker who suffered an on-the-job injury nine years ago in Canada was handed a major victory by  the Workplace  Safety and Insurance  Tribunal which ruled that a policy that cuts benefits to injured migrant farm workers was illegal. In the landmark decision, which was handed down last week, the tribunal ordered the […]

Canada introduces changes to Citizenship Act

Canada introduces changes to Citizenship Act

OTTAWA – Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Ahmed  Hussen, has announced changes to the Citizenship  Act which came into effect yesterday (October 11). Hussen who made the announcement last week, said amendments to the Act are the fulfillment of a central Liberal election platform plank that promised to rid the Act of ” […]

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